“A touching memoir that focuses on Keaton's family, specifically her mother. She shares a lot her demons, not to illicit sympathy but as she writes, "to be released from the burden of hiding." There are some nuggets about her relationships with Woody Allen, Warren Beatty and Al Pacino but if you're looking for Hollywood dirt this book is not for you. She shares her ups and down and other aspects of her life than the public persona. She is quite likable and comes off as someone you would love to sit down and have a cup of coffee with.
Interest piece of trivia: Keaton directed Belinda Carlisle's video "Heaven Is a Place on Earth."”
“I thought this was a great, surprising memoir. ”Sarah G wrote this review Monday, April 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very touching book mostly about her mother and family...with just enough interesting Hollywood tidbits.”Lisa I wrote this review Sunday, April 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really not a typical memoir, in that it is completely linked with the story of her mother, and includes a lot of excerpts from her journals. The story is really of the relationship between Diane and her mother. She tells her own story, of course, but in the context of her relationship with her mother and how everything linked together with them. The sad detailed account of the years of decline as her mother faced Alzheimers was poignant and melancholy. Not an uplifting read, but very touching. I had the benefit of listening to the audio version with Diane reading to me. That made the sad parts easier to handle, because it made it more personal in her own voice.”Alice F wrote this review Monday, March 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyable read, a bit tangental a points, but insightful.”Stephanie Farhood wrote this review Thursday, March 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really a 3.5 star book. Keaton's descriptions of her own life and her experiences as an actress are fascinating. Her mother's life history also was compelling. But alternating between these two stories, and including lists, letters, etc. created some confusion.”Barbara S wrote this review Tuesday, March 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I want to give this a 3.5. Liked it but not a top pick.
The parts about the mother are really interesting -- a woman of her times. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed learning about the family, but there was not enough of that. The parts about Diane herself are a bit meandering. Not a surprise. On the whole, I related better to the family stuff -- including fun, stresses and deaths -- than I did to the parts about the famous boyfriends, bulimia and her kids. ”
“2011. Diane Keaton's autobio of her and her mother. Interesting and frustrating. She doesn't give enough detail about the roles that made her famous. She's overly cautious about not revealing anything of her peers so you don't get much insight into the creative process of directors you'd like to know more about. ”B wrote this review Tuesday, February 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyed Diane's memoir that combined her mother's journals with her life. Her relationships with her family and honesty about the men in her life were enjoyable to read. ”Mary B wrote this review Monday, February 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book disappointed me but maybe I was looking for the wrong things. There was not much examination or insight into Diane Keaton's working life, the characters she has portrayed, or the process she used to create those characters; the films she has been in, or much related to the industry she has been in for so long. It's much more a story of her as a daughter and mother, and occasionally stories of being a friend or girlfriend. ”M. Mann wrote this review Wednesday, February 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No